The Fundamentals

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is a persistent pattern of inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity or both which occurs more frequently and severely than is typical in individuals at a comparable level of development. Often, the illness is begun in early childhood, but not diagnosed until after symptoms have been present for many years. It is estimated that 3-5% of children suffer from ADHD.
This disorder is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, or a combination of these. Symptoms may not be visible when the individual is engaged in an interesting or challenging situation or is under strict control, but are more likely to appear in group situations. Children generally exhibit frustration, intolerance to change in their immediate environment, and failure to respond to discipline. Younger children often have temper tantrums and show a negative attitude. Older children and adults exhibit restlessness, carelessness, stubbornness, rapid mood swings, inattention, and often, low self-esteem.

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ttention-deficit hyperactivity disorder affects as many as 5% of American children. Many older children and adults are diagnosed as well, but there are no statistics on adults. The most characteristic symptoms of ADHD are inability to stay focused and attentive, and extreme hyperactivity.
Ginkgo and American Ginseng appear to act synergistically in helping ADHD children maintain attention and retain newly learned material. Ginkgo is known to enhance cerebral blood flow, especially to ischemic areas. It has often been document that children with ADHD have abnormal blood flow patterns in areas of the brain associated with learning, memory, and motor activity. Studies show many children with ADD and ADHD have done impressively well with just the addition of Ginkgo to their daily diet. St. Johns Wort is a delightful herb which seems to assist in preventing the breakdown of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. This may also keep the flow of neurotransmitters in a more consistent pattern. It is likely that Passion Flower would work in a similar fashion. Valerian root contains high levels of valepotriate which has been shown to assist individuals with poor concentration, as well.
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